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File:Yeats Boughton.jpg|thumb|William Butler Yeats photographed in 1903 by Alice Boughton '''William Butler Yeats''' (; 13 June 186528 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century in literature|20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Seanad Éireann (Irish Free State)|Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Augusta, Lady Gregory|Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured[ The Nobel Prize in Literature 1923]. Retrieved on 3 June 2007. for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired...
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